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The mission of the Dissemination & Implementation Science Graduate Certificate Program is to equip our graduates with the D&I research skills needed to design rigorous and innovative translational research, and to successfully compete for federal funding to carry out their proposed work.
Applications for the Fall 2023 cohort have closed. Please check back next year for our upcoming cycle!
January 11, 2023 @ 10:00-11:00 AM Mountain Time
Small Class Size
Synchronous Online Classes
Recruit from Diverse Disciplines
The 2023 application cycle will be from January 15 – February 15
GPA: A minimum of 3.00 is recommended
Prerequisite courses: N/A
Applicants for the D&I Certificate Program must submit the following documents to the program for review:
Transcripts from Highest Degree (current or completed)
Clinical Science Program
ATTN: Amanda Whiting
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
1890 N Revere Ct., Campus Box B141
Transcripts from foreign (non-US) institutions
Applicants must order Course by Course transcript evaluation from either Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). These companies also offer certified translation services for transcripts when applicable. ECE evaluation reports can be uploaded to the University portal automatically by ECE. WES evaluations should be forwarded directly to the University (make sure to request that from WES at the time of ordering the report):
Mail Stop C296
Fitzsimons Building, W5107
13001 E. 17th Place
Aurora, CO 80045
Special guidance for MD applicants - must include a transcript from an undergraduate degree in addition to the transcript from your MD degree.
We encourage you to contact Galit Mankin (Galit.Mankin@cuanschutz.edu) with your understanding of what your application should include in terms of these materials to confirm.
Please note that the D&I Certificate Program does not provide tuition assistance. Room and board expenses are unnecessary for this fully online program.
In addition to the general admission requirements, international applicants must meet additional requirements dictated by the University. For additional information about these requirements, please review the International Student Requirements for Graduate School admissions.
Transcripts from foreign (non-US) institutions: Applicants must order Course by Course transcript evaluation from either Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). These companies also offer certified translation services for transcripts when applicable. ECE evaluation reports can be uploaded to the University portal automatically by ECE. WES evaluations should be forwarded directly to the University (make sure to request that from WES at the time of ordering the report):
Electronic evaluations should be sent to: email@example.com
Hardcopy evaluations should be mailed (directly from WES) to:
Mail Stop C296
Fitzsimons Building, W5107
13001 E. 17th Place
Aurora, CO 80045
Please note that the Certificate program does not provide stipends to assist with tuition and/or room and board expenses. In addition we currently do not have any research or teaching assistantships to support the educational costs of international students.
There is one application cycle per year with a start date in the Fall (August) semester
To begin a new application:
(1) Click the link above
(2) Log in with CU credentials or create an account
(3) When prompted for your academic interests, select “Certificate”
(4) Choose "Online"
(5) Select the Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Science graduate certificate program (this option will not be listed or available outside of the January 15 – February 15 application window)
Between January 15 and February 15, if you have questions about accessing the correct application form, please contact Galit Mankin for assistance.
The certificate program courses have been mapped to core D&I competencies including the following:
What courses are offered as part of the ACCORDS D&I Science Graduate Certificate program?
There are three required core courses:
The Certificate program currently offers three electives:
Additional elective courses can be selected with approval of the Certificate program director.
How many hours are required for this D&I Science Certificate?
A total of 12 credit hours of courses are required for completion. These will typically be completed over 2 calendar years but can be stretched to 3 calendar years as needed.
Is it possible to take a course or two in this D&I Science Certificate program without applying to join the program?
Yes, if there is space available in addition to the current D&I Certificate students, you may. First you must contact Amanda Whiting to reserve a spot on the waitlist.
This is our course priority policy.
Degree Seeking Students
Degree-seeking students will have the following priority for our D&I Certificate courses:
Non-Degree Seeking Students
Non-degree seeking students will be given priority for participation in a course if:
What if I start the Certificate program and then decide to pursue a graduate degree at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus - will the course credits be transferable?
Yes, it is possible to transfer course credit hours completed as part of the Certificate to a graduate degree program. However, the number of course credits transferable will be dependent on the graduate course requirements of your selected graduate degree program. Credits completed as part of the D&I Certificate program will likely be applied as your elective credit hours. It is extremely important that you work with the graduate program of interest to understand how many credit hours could be transferable.
Students that decide to enroll in a Master’s or PhD program after the certificate program starts will have to formally apply for that program separately.
What if I have already taken a course that is part of this Certificate - will it count towards the Certificate or do I need to take the course again?
If you took the Certificate course in the past 5 years, you do not need to retake a course. Whether it can count for the total 12 hours will need to be decided on a case-by-case basis, as there are contextual factors that influence the decision of whether it was taken as part of a prior degree and whether you are currently pursuing a degree beyond this D&I Graduate Certificate. Contact Galit Mankin at the time of enrolling in a course of this type, in order to determine next steps.
Is there any cost to apply for the Certificate program?
Please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Application page for information about application fees: https://graduateschool.cuanschutz.edu/admissions/apply
What are the tuition costs for the Certificate courses?
Tuition costs can change year to year. Be sure to look at the University Website for updated information. On this website, select tuition and fees for The Graduate School and refer to information for "Clinical Science -- MS or PhD" for the most updated information on tuition costs for Certificate courses.
Can I apply for Financial Aid to complete this Certificate?
The D&I certificate program does not qualify for federal financial aid. Therefore, you will not be able to apply for it. For more information in this matter, please contact the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office. Any questions related to tuition classification should be address to the Office of Registrar.
What if I am a University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus employee who is eligible for a tuition waiver, can I use it for the Certificate program?
If you are a current University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus employee you may be eligible for a tuition assistance program. Typically, if you are using the tuition waiver you cannot enroll prior to the first day of classes; however please email Amanda Whiting to request a permission number so that we have an idea of the number of students taking the given course.
What if I have taken a D&I training already (e.g., TIDRH, MT-DIRC, IRI), do I still need to take the required Introduction to D&I course?
Yes, existing D&I training programs are excellent and our faculty is very familiar with them; however, they are not graduate courses. Thus, we believe that there is no current substitute for our Introduction to D&I graduate-level course. Furthermore, we have experience tailoring this course to the experience level of each student allowing for a meaningful experience for those already exposed to D&I prior to the course.
Is it worth pursuing this Certificate if I have already done the NIH Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) training program?
Our program faculty believe the answer is yes, as our graduate training program has more coursework and mentored application of D&I methods to your area of research. Here is a testimonial from one of our D&I Certificate students who completed TIDIRH before applying to our Certificate program:
“I chose to pursue the D&I certificate after having participated in the NIH TIDIRH training because I wanted more exposure to the frameworks and methods of the field. TIDIRH was an introductory program and that involved asynchronous learning from experts with an in-person conference, which was great as it drew many leaders in the field, but the certificate devotes entire courses to the same topics with more time for concept development, individualized feedback, and educational growth as the classes build on each other.” - Margo Harrison, MD - University of Colorado, D&I Certificate student (2019-2021)
What is required for admission to the Certificate program?Please refer to the Admission Requirements, Required Application Documents, and International Applicant Criteria sections above.
Students accepted to the D&I Certificate Program and those students attending D&I Certificate Program courses will be expected to act with a level of professionalism consistent with the expectations outlined by the University of Colorado School of Medicine. This level of professionalism entails respect, honesty, and integrity in all aspects of their involvement in the program as it relates to the application process and participation in the program, including:
Students who violate principles of professionalism may subject to investigative measures by the D&I Graduate Certificate program directors and/or administrative leadership of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI). Violations of professionalism may be witnessed by faculty, who may address the student directly or elevate the concern to the program directors, or fellow students, who are encouraged to bring any concerns to faculty or the leadership of the program.
Program plan: complete a total of 12 credit hours over a 3-year period
Required Courses (8 credit hours)
All incoming students should register for CLSC 7653 (Introduction to D&I Research in Health) for their first fall semester. This course is a prerequisite for most other courses in the Certificate program. The order of remaining courses is flexible.
|CLSC 7653 Introduction to Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health||Rabin/Studts||3||Fall (yearly)|
|CLSC 6560 Designs and Mixed Methods in Implementation Research||Holtrop/Fort||3*|
*3 credits beginning spring 2023
|CLSC 6750 Designing for Dissemination and Sustainability||Kwan||2||Fall (yearly)|
Elective courses (4 credit hours)
|CLSC 7663 Understanding D&I Context and Adaptation||Studts/ Rabin||2||Spring (yearly)|
|CLSC 6770 Grant-writing for D&I Research||Glasgow/Brownson||2||Summer (yearly)|
|CLSC 6850 Advanced Topics in Dissemination & Implementation Science||Huebschmann/Trinkley||1-2||Fall (yearly)|
|Electives approved by Certificate director||Up to 3||Varies|
The Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Science Graduate Certificate Program was designed to address a local and national need for rigorous training in D&I Science in health services research.
D&I science is the study of methods and strategies to facilitate the spread, adoption, implementation, and sustainment of evidence-based practices, interventions and policies in real-world and diverse health settings. As a transdisciplinary scientific
field, D&I science can address multiple cross-cutting research topics (e.g., reducing disparities in access to and quality of care; use of innovative technologies and data science to improve routine care) and health conditions (e.g., mental health,
cancer and cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality, geriatric care) of high priority. D&I Science also has the potential to make precision health more actionable and relevant and can make the translation of discoveries in this and other
high priority areas more rapid.
The D&I Science Graduate Certificate Program is designed to provide pragmatic training to researchers who want to develop competencies in D&I science and practice which can be applied across multiple topic areas and settings in health services, clinical and community health, and public health research. The program is intended to provide researchers with solid foundational skills in D&I science, as well as intermediate and advanced skills in select D&I competency areas.
The D&I Science Graduate Certificate Program has three sponsoring units. The Adult and Child Center for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) acts as the primary sponsor, and the Clinical Science Graduate Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus acts as the secondary sponsor. The Colorado Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control and Prevention (1 P50 CA244688-01) serves as an additional sponsor. It is coordinated through the ACCORDS Dissemination and Implementation Science Program.
Director, D&I Graduate Certificate Program
Associate Research Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado
Dr. Studts’ mixed methods research focuses on the systematic adaptation and implementation of evidence-based health promotion interventions with underserved populations. She has a strong interest in increasing access to interventions enhancing parenting skills and parent-child relationships, particularly those that help prevent or reduce the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). In addition to leading her own program of community-engaged research, Dr. Studts serves as an implementation scientist on teams studying implementation in a variety of topical areas, including lung cancer screening, nutrition and physical activity practices in child care settings, sexual risk reduction, diagnostic testing after failed newborn hearing screens, and others.
Co‐Director, D&I Graduate Certificate Program
Co‐Director, UC San Diego D&I Science Center
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Family Medicine Research Methodology: Dissemination and implementation science, integration of research into practice, stakeholder engagement, real-world, pragmatic study designs, synthesis of measurement instruments, use of theories and frameworks, designing for dissemination and implementation, development of reviews, toolkits, and decision aids for dissemination and implementation research, review of E‐health interventions Topic areas: Broad application of the above-described methodology to studies of cancer prevention and care, development, and evaluation of cancer prognostic tools, coordination of care, ischemic heart disease in the context of diverse community-and clinic‐based settings including academic, safety net, and integrated delivery systems, VA, and rural and low-income settings.
Associate Professor, Clinician‐Investigator, Division of General Internal Medicine
Past‐Chair, Society of Behavioral Medicine Education, Training, and Career Development Council
Lead Scientist, Community Education, and Outreach, University of Colorado Center for Women’s Health Research
Dr. Huebschmann is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine with the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Women’s Health Research. Dr. Huebschmann began her education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a BS in Environmental Engineering. She earned her medical degree in 2000 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Continuing her education, most recently she earned an MS in Clinical Sciences in 2015 at the University of Colorado. She has been funded continuously by the NIH since 2011. Her overarching research goal is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease by delivering evidence‐based programs to prevent and treat cardiovascular risk factors, such as sedentary behavior.
Professor of Public Health, Washington University, St. Louis
Dr. Brownson directs the Prevention Research Center, a center that develops innovative approaches to chronic disease prevention through translational research. He leads a large number of other research and training projects funded by a broad array of federal and foundation sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is an associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and on the editorial board of six other journals. Brownson is the editor or author of 14 books including “Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control,” “Evidence‐Based Public Health,” and “Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice.” He is the past‐president of the American College of Epidemiology and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. Brownson is also active in the American Public Health Association.
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy
Dr. Fort is a Research Assistant Professor in the Colorado School of Public Health in the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy and the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. Dr. Fort is dedicated to community-engaged research and practice and works with public health, primary care and community partners in Central America, Mexico, and the United States. Her current research focuses on: systems science approaches to design and implement multi-level and multi-sectoral interventions to prevent cardiovascular disease; hypertension control in Guatemala’s public primary care system; diabetes prevention and care in Urban Indian Health Organizations; obesity prevention; and health equity.
Director, Investigator, ACCORDS Dissemination and Implementation Science Program
Research Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado
Dr. Glasgow is Director of the Dissemination and Implementation Program of ACCORDS and research professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Prior to Fall 2013, he was Deputy Director for Implementation Science in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science at the U. S. National Cancer Institute (http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/IS/). Dr. Glasgow is an implementation scientist and evaluation expert who has worked on many transdisciplinary research issues including chronic illness self-management, worksite health promotion, primary care-based interventions, and community-based prevention programs involving community health centers.
D2V Dissemination & Academic Industry Collaboration Core
Director, ACCORDS Education Program
Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Bethany Kwan, PhD, MSPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus. She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2010, following an MSPH from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2005. She holds a BS in Chemistry and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University (’01). As an investigator in the University of Colorado’s Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS), she conducts pragmatic, patient-centered research and evaluation on health and health care in a variety of areas. With an emphasis on stakeholder engagement and dissemination and implementation (D&I) methods, her work addresses the integration of physical and behavioral health, chronic disease self-management, improving processes and systems of care to achieve the Quadruple Aim, pragmatic trials using electronic health data, and enhancing the quality of life for patients and care partners. She works with patients and other stakeholders at all phases of research, from prioritization, to design, implementation, and dissemination of research. She mentors and teaches students, trainees, and fellow faculty on Designing for Dissemination to ensure that research innovations are efficiently and effectively adopted, used, and sustained in real-world settings to improve health and well-being for all. Dr. Kwan directs the ACCORDS Education program as well as the Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Dissemination & Implementation Research Core.
Founding Dean, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health at Loyola University
Adjunct Professor, Colorado School of Public Health
Although Dr. Morrato departed the Colorado School of Public Health in 2020 to found the new Loyola University School of Public Health, she remains an esteemed adjunct professor in the Colorado School of Public Health’s Department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy. She was trained as an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University and boardcertified in public health. Her research focuses on accelerating the translation of medical innovation and drug warnings into clinical practice. Dr. Morrato’s public health practice has contributed to federal policies to promote the safe and appropriate use of medicines, and she regularly advises the FDA on national issues of drug safety and risk management. Leveraging her additional training in marketing and work in industry settings, Dr. Morrato led the University of Colorado’s iCorps program for several years, training researchers to understand stakeholders/end‐users’ perspectives of value for the research programs they are developing.
Senior Implementation Scientist, ACCORDS; Associate Director, ACCORDS Dissemination and Implementation Research Program
Professor and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Holtrop is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine and Senior Implementation Scientist with the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She has extensive experience as an implementation scientist, qualitative and mixed methods researcher, health educator, and practice-based research director. She has participated in primary care research for over 20 years which includes serving as a Principal Investigator on NIH, AHRQ, and foundation grants. Methodologically, she has expertise in the use of qualitative and mixed methods to inform research questions and is skilled in utilizing theoretical models as a lens in which one can understand how implementation works and to produce generalizable findings regarding the how, why, who, and what of interventions. Dr. Holtrop has directed large studies with extensive qualitative components incorporating both theoretical models as a guide as well as grounded theoretical approaches and is skilled in facilitating focus groups, depth, and cognitive task analysis interviews, analyzing qualitative data utilizing Atlas.ti, developing logic models and conducting analysis using qualitative comparative analysis. A large focus of her work has been studying the implementation of health promotion and chronic disease management in primary care. Finally, she is a master certified health education specialist (MCHES) with expertise in patient education and health behavior change, including motivational interviewing, which are applied to intervention development in programs and approaches in a variety of settings.
Dr. Katy Trinkley is an associate professor at the University of Colorado. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue
Galit Mankin is the administrative lead for the clinical science programs of Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. For questions about enrollment or logistics concerning the D&I program, please email her at GALIT.MANKIN@CUANSCHUTZ.EDU
Jordan Crawford is the program coordinator for the D&I Certificate Program. He assists the certificate directors to communicate with students and to coordinate the internal logistics of the program. He works within ACCORDS as the Senior Education Program Coordinator.